Suitcases- Retro Suitcases Ink Illustration

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suitcases retro style illustration

This painting is a new addition to my etsy gallery. Just completed, I used a palette of blues, golds, greens and brown to create a number of different luggage items with a vintage feel. This drawing really reminds me of a luggage hold in one of those old Noir movies, like ‘Strangers on a Train’. I ‘drew’ the cases using a really tiny brush and walnut coloured Sennelier Inks.

I was thinking recently about a drawing I made as a child, which was of an antique store full of old lamps, vintage style furniture etc. I made it with those cool old brush style markers. I was very proud of that drawing! I may yet try to recreate it, but in the mean time it was fun to work on these suitcases. I started off inspired by an old blue case my grandmother had given me when I was a young teenager, and the rest flowed from there

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Custom Four Seasons Survivor Tree Prints

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I wanted to share a new custom project that I have just completed.

This set is a collection which I personalised for the customer with different animals and birds  representing the different seasons.  The original idea was from a previous listing I had made, inspired by The Survivor Tree, a beautiful tree with a great story behind it. The palette we worked from was earth tones- there is a golden caramel colour, a spring green, a coffee brown, and burgundy. For winter we used a snowy owl, for fall a cat, for spring a robin, and for summer a rabbit. This was such a fun project to collaborate on!

These prints are all made from the same original linocut, but then hand painted with detail and also hand-stamped with handmade leaf stamps. I especially like the way that the gold metallic ink on the printed leaves turned out.

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Abstract Paintings in Colour- new works

Abstract ink Painting, Seascape. Emily Boylan

Abstract ink Painting, Seascape 1, detail. Emily Boylan, 2014

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Abstract ink Painting, Seascape 2, detail. Emily Boylan, 2014

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Abstract ink Painting, Seascape. Emily Boylan, 2014

I have been wanting to make more abstract paintings for a while now. I started off with black and white, as I have a certain level of comfort there, but soon began having ideas for colour. I was inspired the the kind of palette you get by the sea at night when it is all lit up. I think I may have been partially inspired by staying in Crystal Cove, a seaside town near Boston. You could see the lights of Boston City across the harbour in the afternoon. There was something very magical about the experience. I took about 200 photographs of the harbour, so I may try to paint from some of those, but these are more about the feeling and experience of lights by the coast.

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New Abstract Monochrome works

Abstract Monochrome by Emily Boylan

Abstract Monochrome by Emily Boylan

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Dragonfly felt brooch

 

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Today I’m posting one of my new foray into wearable art pins. I’ve been wanting to make something dragonfly related recently and gradually came up with these hand-stitched art pins. These pins are made from wool felt, purple embroidery thread, organza ribbon and sequins. I had the idea to photograph the pin in front of my ivy. Etsy link

 

 

 

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More Summer flowers- Purple Flower Watercolour

Though the heatwave has passed in Dublin I’m painting flowers once more. Partly inspired by seeing the lovely new flowers and old roses my mother has in her garden this year. I’ve got somse marigolds and green beans that aren’t looking to shabby on my balcony, but it would be wonderful to have a garden!

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Ferns on Canvas, New Collection

New Fern paintings on canvas, just completed today! Typically, I’ve always liked ink and watercolour for doing minimalist leaf and nature designs. The nice thing about using canvas, is that whilst keeping the effect minimalist, you have more flexibility on the background colour. I was able to use my own mixed oatmeal tone, as opposed to the slightly starker ivory white of my water-colour paper (sorry, I’m sure the intricacies of different tones of white/ cream are not that interesting to most people)

Anyway, it was really fun making a composition out of different sized canvases, I think these would look pretty good in a variety of combinations on a wall.

Fern Canvas collection

Stag Ink Painting

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This is the second in a series of ink paintings of the deer from Phoenix Park. This one came up looking for food, unfortunately for him I didn’t have any (some people bring apples etc for the deer, at a risk of getting antlered when the deers get a bit over excited). I thought it would be against the rules to bring food to the deer, but a ranger I met yesterday said that actually it isn’t, just advised against as, being wild animals, they may buck up and injure you. Apparently their favourite is cabbage, and if they get in a farmer’s field they will gobble it all up.

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Irish Deer in Black and White Ink

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This painting is one of a new series I’m working on. I’ve been photographing the deer in the Phoenix Park for a while now to get inspiration for paintings. I’ve been able to photograph the deer grazing, picking leaves off trees, lying in long grass, and even having the occasional fight. I’m starting off in black and white, but I have the possibility to paint them in colour as well. Hopefully the good weather continues and I can go out and photograph them further.

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This is the photograph I took these deer from- it was lucky to catch such a perfect pose.

Etsy link to watercolour